Call the Midwife has become one of the most popular shows on British television.
The drama, which ran for 10 series, follows a group of nurses working in London’s East End through the 1950s and 1960s.
Its Christmas specials drew an audience of over 9 million viewers on BBC One, while its ninth series was the fourth-largest all-channel drama series in 2020.
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With a number of BAFTA nominations to its name, the show is broadcast worldwide and is a favorite among US viewers, airing on PBS.
The show will return for an eleventh series, following this year’s Christmas special.
Series creator and producer Heidi Thomas lives in Cambridge with her husband, actor Stephen McGann, who stars in the series.
Heidi recently made an interesting revelation about the show’s success.
Speaking at a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association, the screenwriter said that when working on the first series, she never expected to see the show renewed for a follow-up.
Heidi said, “Definitely from my perspective I was focusing on one show and never expected to do a second.”
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She added: “I think every year it takes us by surprise.”
The sentiment was shared by her husband Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Turner in the series.
Stephen, born in Liverpool, said: “When we started, this modesty about our expectations none of us expected [further series] to happen so when it happened, it was quite a good thing.
“The modesty of it translates into the gentleness and compassion of the program.”
Despite the tempered initial expectations of those working on the series, they managed to create something that became a mainstay on TV screens.
The BBC announced in April that the drama would be commissioned for a twelfth and thirteenth season, keeping it on the air until at least 2024.
At the time of the announcement, Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, said: âThe enduring popularity of Call The Midwife is a testament to the extraordinary love and creativity of its creator Heidi Thomas and producers Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank. .
“We are delighted to have secured the future of Call The Midwife for two more series beyond those currently in production, and we look forward to enjoying more adventures for the people of Nonnatus House for years to come. future.”
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